REEVALUATING THE OSCARS
In light of the president of the Academy's comments today about the lily-white Oscars.
- •First off, I realize that I am a white male and recognize that I'm probably not an expert in this matter.So take my words with a grain of salt and use them as food for thought to get a conversation going.
- •But I wanna get to the bottom of this problem just as much as anyone else.
- •It's inevitable that every year there are snubs at the Oscars. It just happens.I'd like to think that, in a perfect world, subjectivity in art supersedes race. But that doesn't always happen.
- •We already know that not only is the negotiating process for their contracts different between men and women, but women also get paid significantly less in Hollywood.And the rest of America really. It's upsetting to say the least.
- •And of course we know about the all-white Oscar nominations.
- •So my thought was this:
- •What if it's not completely the Academy's fault for the lack of diversity in nominations?
- •What if it's maybe Hollywood at large, as a whole?Diversity in Hollywood is atrocious. From studio executives all the way down to the film crews.
- •So maybe there weren't any nominations for people of color this year because Hollywood prevented them from even getting into important, key film roles in the first place.Hollywood is filled with misogyny, racism and a deplorable lack of diversity. Both in the way studios hire people and the way most roles are cast in films.
- •Television has some how found a way to diversify.And thus we've seen plenty of people of color recently winning Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics' Choice Awards for television roles.
- •But Hollywood has not.And failure to do so is nothing short of inexcusable in 2016.
- •Anyway, that was my thought, only intended to get a dialogue started. If I'm totally wrong let me know. I'll happily shut the fuck up.